COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC. 253
Dover, December, 1797.
After a most boisterous passage I landed in
a boat, for the ship could not make the harbour,
and was obliged to go to the Downs; so that I
have not even a bundle with me. The vessel
ought to come up this tide about eight in the
evening, but the wind is strong and the weather
foul. I have sent to Deal to desire the collector
there will take out the boxes that contain my
papers, but I am half afraid the ship will be under
way before my messenger arrives, so my situation
is very disagreeable and uncertain.
But, at all events, I saved myself the horrors
of a stormy night at sea, and have at least had a
good night's rest.
I will now mention some particulars of the
last part of my stay in France. An official letter
from the Marine informed me that they had
waited day after day for the Arrite du Directoire,
which, by its answer to Mr. Dundas, was to
remove all uncertainty about the fate of the
prisoners, but had not received it, therefore
begged I would not wait any longer, but hasten
to convey the remittances to Charreti6.
The same post brought me a long letter from
Cottrau, full of the warmest expressions of friend-
ship, and a promise that, at my request, General